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(Said about a suicide attempt)

Luckily nothing happened, but it was a scare.

Is it natural to use "scare" as shown above? Is it formal/informal? Is it used in both North America and the UK? Is there another word that would be more natural to use here than "scare"? Thank you.

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  • In your sentence you do not relate scare to anything, therefore it cannot be correct. – Brad Mar 12 at 3:37
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You are mixing things up a little in your use of scare, are you trying to use it as a verb or noun ?

Try modifying your sentence....then select what you are trying to express.


"She threatened to kill herself, luckily nothing happened, but it scared me". (= made me extremely frightened)

scare; verb; to (make a person or animal) feel frightened:

He scared me out of my wits (= made me extremely frightened) by driving so fast.

Meeting new people scares me stiff/to death (= makes me extremely nervous and worried).

She scared the hell/life/living daylights out of me (= frightened me very much) when she fell out of the tree.


You gave us a real scare, when you threatened to kill yourself. (= frightened us)

scare: noun: a sudden feeling of fear or worry: I got/had a scare (= I was very worried) when I looked at my bank statement this morning! You gave us a real scare (= frightened us) when you fainted, you know.

Ref CED Scare

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